STARCRAFT SENIOR GAME DESIGNER LEAVES BLIZZARD TO JOIN ACTIVISION'S
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Activision's Real-Time, Action-Strategy Title Lures Top Blizzard Game
Designer, Ron Millar, as Consultant
Los Angeles, CA, January 21, 1997 -- With excitement building around
Activision, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI)
first real-time, action-strategy game Dark Reign: The Future of War, Blizzard's
former senior game designer, Ron Millar (Warcraft,
Warcraft II, Diablo,
StarCraft,), has joined the project as creative consultant. The announcement
was made today by Bobby Kotick, chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc.
Drawing on his depth of experience in creating compelling best-selling
games, Millar will contribute creatively to Dark Reign's overall game design,
including character development and mission building. The highly
anticipated game will combine the best features found in current top-selling
strategy games with never-before-seen gameplay elements that will set a new
benchmark for the genre.
"Extraordinary games attract extraordinary talent and it's a testament to
the commercial potential of Dark Reign that Ron is getting involved with
the project. Dark Reign is the perfect vehicle for this pioneer of
real-time, action-strategy games to redefine gaming limits," said Kotick.
"Ron's participation will help ensure that Activision's first action-strategy
game will be bigger and better than any title currently in the marketplace."
Dark Reign challenges gamers to the ultimate battle for galactic supremacy.
Featuring player-controllable artificial intelligence, true line-of-sight, native
Internet play and advanced gaming options, Dark Reign draws players into
an engaging sci-fi universe where armies duel for interplanetary domination
in more than 30 battles. Currently slated for a summer release, the Windows
95 compatible title is being co-developed by Activision, Inc. and Australis
Microprogramming Pty., Ltd.
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Ron Millar recently partnered with James Anhalt to create Redline Games, a
software development and design corporation catering to leading game
companies. Before that Millar was a senior game designer at Blizzard where
he worked on such blockbuster games as Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness,
Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (the Warcraft II expansion pack), Diablo,
and most recently StarCraft, which is currently under development.
Activision, Inc. is a publicly held developer and publisher of interactive
entertainment software for Microsoft Windows and MS-DOS-compatible.
Macintosh and other computers, as well as Nintendo, Sega, and Sony
PlayStation game systems. Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in
London, Tokyo and Sydney, the company sells and markets products under
the Activision and Infocom trade names.
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